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Many Voters Unaware of Basic Facts about GOP Candidates

Many voters do not know basic facts about the Republican candidates running for president. Only about half (53%) of people identify Massachusetts as the state where Mitt Romney served as governor. Among Republicans, 59% correctly identify Massachusetts, according to a survey conducted Jan. 4-8 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Only 44% of all voters could name Ron Paul as the GOP candidate who opposes U.S. involvement in Afghanistan; this number rises to just over half (51%) among Republicans.

Voters were more aware of Newt Gingrich’s background — 69% knew that he served as speaker of the house. About three-quarters (76%) of Republicans correctly identified Gingrich as the candidate who formerly served in this position. Read More